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by Neal Rogers
September 30, 2017
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Italian Davide Martinelli has committed to Quick-Step Floors, inking an agreement through the end of 2019. One of the most talented Italian riders of his generation, the 24-year-old took a stage victory last year at Tour de la Provence, followed a few months later by a stint in the leader’s jersey at the Tour de Pologne.
This year, the Italian continued to build on his impressive neo-pro season and make other solid steps in his development, which led to a Grand Tour debut at the Giro d’Italia, where he played a role in the sprint train that helped Fernando Gaviria capture four stage wins.
His progress and contribution to the team’s success didn’t go unnoticed, leading to an extension with Quick-Step Floors.
“This is the best team in the world, so I am really happy to have added two more years to my contract,” he said. “It’s the perfect place to be for a rider with my characteristics and ambitions. I was always hoping to continue here and I am grateful to Patrick Lefevre for the trust he put in me.”
Martinelli detailed his ambitions and hopes of becoming a key player for the most victorious squad of the past six years. “I have a long affection for the Spring Classics, which is why I am dreaming about doing well in these races, and Quick-Step Floors have so much experience and success with developing classics riders. I can learn a lot from champions like Gilbert and Stybar, who both have so much experience to offer, and even from young and talented riders, like Alaphilippe or Gaviria. Besides continuing my development and helping the team, I’m also keen on winning again and I’m ready to work hard in order to achieve all these things.”